Decor for the 4th

In seeing all the festive fourth of July accessories I thought it was time
to add a few special touches to our own home.



We spent last fourth of July in the hospital with our daughter (from the wreck we were in)
so we ended up missing all the fireworks and celebrations and goin on's..
so this fourth of July has even more meaning to it for us.      
So Thankful!

So when I was in the store yesterday, I found these inexpensive items to add to our decor.



(The set of 2 bows were just .97 cents, and the star was only 1.97. )

I placed one bow on my grapevine wreath on the front door to spruce it up a bit, and
then played with the star and other bow debating where to put them around the yard.

I also made a rag garland out of scrap fabric in red/white and navy, I had seen a beautiful one on
another blog in such pretty colors and it sparked an idea to use some scrap fabric to make one
for my fourth of July decor.
(thanks for sparking the idea Vicky @lifeonwilliemaelane)

I used a scrap piece of red/white checked fabric and navy fabric.


Cut the fabric into long strips.


Then tied them onto a piece of rope.
Nothing fancy.. and only took a few minutes to make.


I hung it onto my rustic fence near the end of our driveway.. and also tried out the
bow/star to see what I thought of them added to it.

I love my rustic fence.. we also have a barbwire coil that I use for a rustic wreath
hanging here as well as a rope, and recently after cleaning out the garage we added
an old saddle that isn't good enough to use riding anymore.. but looks adorable on
my fence.. :0)  so fun. 




Beside the back door I added a couple stars to the flower arrangement I have going on there.




I will probably see if I can find any more fun items to add to our 4th of July decor..
I really like these items:




They look like they'd be perfect..
Have a great weekend!





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Updating the Master Bedroom part 1


I am slowly working on updating our Master
Bedroom now that I have our Closet finished.

It all started when I really liked the paint color that I used in the closet with
white as a contrast, so I decided to see what it would look like in our bedroom
and I painted a focal wall.


It was done completely spur of the moment, so I am glad I really liked how it
turned out,  and didn't have to make a trip to town to buy paint to redo the
entire room.

After the paint, that led to me looking at bedding.

I have found over the years that I prefer layering and quilts.
I use to love a big plush comforter.. but washing them led me to changing my mind.
So lighter weight quilts, blankets etc. are my go to. :0)

I chose a quilt that is off white/ivory with tiny ruffles that are done in different shades
of muted prints.
I also purchased a inexpensive blush colored throw pillow I found.




I am still debating if I like the turquoise, and cow print pillows with the new look..
I may have to switch those out and move those to the guest room, or look for some
fun pillow covers for them.

I also purchased a medium shade of gray curtain panels, and I really like the color with
the other shades of gray that I have going on.
I am still searching for a valance that I like.  Leaning towards a white, or
off white ruffled valance. (like this one )


I will probably look for a gray throw/blanket for the end of the bed as well.
To draw the color downward in the room.

I am considering painting the furniture white or a distressed white, but I know
that would be a time consuming project.  I already like the furniture so I am in no
hurry to paint it.. just kind of a thought that I am somewhat debating on.
Any thoughts?

I have my main computer set up in this room.. this is where I do most of my
computer work.   I had put it in the guest room at one point, but I found I didn't
particularly like it in there so I ended up moving it back.   I may change my mind
again someday but for now this is where it works for me.

We have a smaller house so I have limited options on where I place things,
but of course at the same time I could probably get rid of a few things as well.
:0)

Next Items/To Do's on the list for the update:

Find a Valance.
Decide what to put on the walls.
Find a Gray Throw/Blanket.

Plus I want to sort through, organize, declutter:
My Desk,
Vanity,
and Dresser.

Could be dangerous for the 'stuff' in our house..
After purging our closet, I am kind of in 'get rid of stuff mode'. :0)

Thanks for stopping by.






Details:
Quilt can be found Here or Here
Cow print pillow - similar found: Here
Love you More Pillow: Here












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Gray and White

Since redoing my Master Closet..
it led me to rethinking our Master Bedroom.

Does that happen to anyone else?
One project leading to a new one.. 

So I am in the searching stage..
searching, deciding, debating stage.

Leaning towards a neutral look and mostly
gray and white items, (with a few blush pink) 
here are a few things I have found.
(I think I am really liking the ruffles) :0)









If you missed my closet redo, you can see it Here.

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Master Closet Reveal


I am so excited to share my Master Closet now that I have it all finished.

To me one of the best parts of tackling a project is seeing it all pulled together.

Drumroll please.... 



Why didn't I do this years ago?

Love it.

So here was my plan for storage..


However, I couldn't stop there, after loading up our closet with our clothes, etc.
it was time to tackle the shoe storage, so I added more shelving.



This space was wasted before by the door that was here.
However, since I removed it I was able to take advantage of this extra space by
using 2 small shelving units  and adding 3 more shelves onto the wall above
them.

I knew I wanted a designated space for my taller boots (similar here) , so I used a pair of them
to get a measurement before deciding where to place the shelves onto the wall.
I try to always think about how I want to use a space before building, or drilling
holes. :o)

We have a small home and on my mission to decorate (and redecorate)
and get everything organized,
I have learned vertical storage is kind of a must, and not to overlook extra space
when you find it.

(cute animal print boots can be found here)


I am so glad I decided to remove that door!







I really like having the extra drawer space in the closet.  
Plus now I know I can build a drawer! Oh the projects that I have in mind.. Lol.



I did have to downsize some stuff, but that is okay with me.
It was time to dig a little deeper and be a little pickier about what I really
 wanted to keep.
(I have always thought I did pretty good at getting rid of clutter/stuff, but 
maybe I should check out this book and read about the konmari method that
 I have heard so much about) Anyone read it?

When I see how this space looks now compared to the before.. it is definitely worth
letting go of some things, I am not missing any of it, and honestly it makes me want
to get rid of more stuff. :0)



I am actually enjoying this space now, and we can actually walk in our walk in 
closet.. and hey, what girl doesn't like a organized closet?     





(You can see more about my Master Closet here (part 1), and here (part 2). )

Have a wonderful and safe holiday weekend!






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Building My Custom Closet


Welcome to part 2 of my Master Closet Overhaul..
(you can see Part 1 Here)

I had my closet ready and supplies in hand.. and it was time to get to work.
So I started measuring and cutting.

I modified the measurements for my tower builds to be taller than the ones in the
plans that I was following.
I wanted to use as much vertical space as I could, but still leave plenty of room
along the top for storage as well so I just adjusted it to what worked for our space.


I am so happy with my Ryobi Set I got for Mothers Day.
I used this set A LOT this week.. and it made my closet project so much easier.
(without the hassle of too many cords all over etc.)   

I got my first cut list done, and started building!
Tower #1..


Making sure it was level/square as I went.



Or at least as close to it as I could get it, and it was for the most part.
(I am not a professional after all - keeping it real.)

Then on to Tower #2.


At this point I decided it was time to add in some shelving.
I have mentioned that I like handbags right? :0)

After installing the shelving how I wanted, I used caulking on the seams, and
sanded the wood down lightly by hand.
(wishing I would have sanded it outdoors before installing it - lesson learned)

Then I painted it with a bright white semi-gloss paint that has primer in it and
let that dry, then gave it a 2nd coat.



Then I also touched up the gray paint where needed.

It was also time to wait on my drawer hardware and clothing rods to arrive,
that I had ordered online.. so this was a good time for the painting process,
and also a time for patience.. :0)

As soon as they arrived, (Yay!) I cut/installed our clothing rods.


It is starting to look like a closet again!


Then I got my measurements figured out for my drawers and got all the boards cut, sanded, and
ready to build.
This was the first time I have ever attempted to make a drawer so I wasn't too sure how they were
going to turn out.


When I got the first one done and it worked, I was sooooo excited!
On to 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6!  Woohoo!

I had to do several adjustments to get it 'right'.. but when I decided they were good to go,
I chose to pretty them up a bit and I added trim, and of course knobs.



Then it was time to finish up with paint.



I will be posting my closet reveal later in the week.. so excited!







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(*as far as I know, ryobi doesn't know who I am, 
I am just pleased with the items that we have purchased/used personally)



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Custom Master Closet part 1

I briefly mentioned I had a project for our Master Closet in mind..
and it is making some good progress.

Our closet was just one of those spaces that I knew had a lot more potential, and
the wire racks  just weren't cutting it anymore.  I  fealt like I had done all I
could with them, and never liked them anyway, so it was time to do something
else and tackle this mess.



After measuring our space,
I started by looking at closet systems and what was available to purchase in
the marketplace.
I did find a set up I liked but wasn't exactly convinced that was the way I wanted to go.
(Plus I would still have to build it, and install it) :o)

So I searched online for idea's, and found several that I liked 'this' or 'that' about,
but then I ended up finding a plan for a closet build here that I liked, and
I knew I could modify it to fit what I wanted.
So I started drawing up different design scenario's, with our closet
layout/dimensions in mind.

(I took a couple different drafting classes in school, so I have the basic 
idea but that was quite some time ago.. ha) 




After I had pretty much decided on a design.. (subject to change of course) 
I decided to just remove our closet door..  it wasn't really necessary.
After all, we never actually used the door, it was always left open.
Now I can take advantage of all the wall space that the
door was hiding inside of our closet in a much more usable way.



Then I moved things around in the closet, used painters tape to tape off the design, and
I even used some small cubby shelves that I already had to get a better visual.
Plus I was able to measure the width of a section of clothes while they were still
hanging to see if they would fit okay in the design layout that I was leaning towards.



I realized I will have to purge a few things.. but that is fine with me.
I know I never wear some of it,  so this will be the nudge I need to get rid of a
few things. (or quite a few things)

So I had my design.
I had the measurements that I needed.
Now it was time to empty the space.



So I took everything out.. clothes, shoes and shoe shelves, hamper, wire racks!

Then I was left a clean slate with several lovely holes from the wire racks, etc.
so I picked up some spackle, and got to work.



Then I gave the room a fresh new coat of paint.

(I used the paint color: Kilz Chipped Granite)



Lumber/Supplies list in hand.. off to Home Depot!









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Must have beauty tool (in my opinion)


I came across this item while walking through the beauty department,
and it just kind of caught my eye.. mostly because I hadn't seen such a thing
before in person.. plus it was in the clearance section which was a bonus..




You may know these exist, but I hadn't actually seen them in person or searched them out
before.
A tiny spatula that you can use to get to that last bit of foundation,
or skin care product, that you can never seem to get to.
(hand claps and high fives all around)




Anyone else turn bottles upside down and hope it runs to the top.. (...eventually)
or beats the bottle onto the palm of your hand, ya know until your hand practically hurts.

Skin care products as well as foundations can be pricey and who wants to
waste any of it, not this gal.
So my daughter and I both decided to pick one up and I just recently used mine
for the first time.

I had a pump foundation that nothing else was gonna pump out of, so I thought
perfect time to give this spatula a go..

I was really surprised at just how much product is still in the bottle..
enough to last several more days.



So that is why I feel like this is kind of a must have.. :0)
(plus it was inexpensive)

I couldn't find the exact one that I purchased to share, I guess because it was on clearance.
However I found similar items below and I would think a beauty supply store would have something similar as well if you have one of those nearby.

                                                                          




This is one of those.. Why didn't I think of that? items. :0)

And while I was searching for similar ones to share with you..
I also found one that is for lip gloss Here.. however, I am not sure I have ever gotten
to the bottom of lip gloss before, lol.







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Graduation

We had a busy weekend..
We celebrated our Sons Birthday,
our Daughters High School Graduation,
and of course Mothers Day.


I was up early decorating the yard and inside of the house.
Thankfully the wind wasn't terrible and everything stayed put. :0)

We had a cookout after graduation (pretty much last minute),
so not everyone was able to come but we had a really good time.


I am still grasping the fact that my baby girl is out of school and we will now
have 2 in college.   Where does the time go?

The cookout consisted of lots of food,
a wonderful sunny day, and the kids uh,
youngest adults had a lot of fun swimming.

For Mothers Day I received a pretty bouquet of wild flowers, a candle, and candy..
and I got to pick what to do for the day.

So off we went.  
We went and checked out exercise equipment and went to a new sports store we
hadn't been in.  We really liked it, plus we tried out about every elliptical
and bike/cycle machines in 2 stores.. :0)    I had it narrowed down to 2, and then
made up my mind on the one I want but wouldn't ya know
it is not in stock.  So I will be keeping an out for it.

We went to a couple of pet stores, and out to eat, and then of course..
had to stop by Home Depot.  (my kind of store!)

So Happy Mothers Day to me..



I actually already have a version of all of these tools, but they all have to be
plugged in. (except a flashlight of course) :0)  
Which means lugging around extension cords..
which at our house means heavy extension cords because for some reason
all of ours are heavy duty and about 50 - 100 feet long. Lol.

Well, I have had my father-in-laws battery powered drill for a while now, and I use it
ALL THE TIME.. okay, so maybe just several times a week seems like.

So we have been wanting to get our own.  This seemed like as good as
time as any.   So while looking at the battery powered drills, I
knew I wanted at least 18v, and I really wanted 2 batteries so one of them can
be used while the other charges.  So we debated and found that  this set
that came with 2 batteries was a better price than separately
purchasing an extra battery.
So the Ryobi Combo Kit was the winner, and having a battery powered circular saw,
& reciprocating saw..  uh, Yay!
Plus the flashlight is also kind of cool.
(and this set has really good reviews)

I already have a custom closet project in mind..
I am trying to narrow down what it is I want to build exactly and
then back to Home Depot we will go when I have my list ready! :0)


So overall, it was a extremely busy, wonderful, and lots of fun weekend.

I hope that you all had a wonderful Mothers Day as well!









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